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The Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

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Scriptures record it as a holy island where Lord Rama, after defeating Ravan of Lanka came to offer prayers to Lord Shiva seeking forgiveness of his sins had he happened to slay a Brahmin. The Temple houses two main deities a Jyothirlinga brought from the Himalayas by Hanuman and the Ramalinga made by Goddess Sita. From then till now, as instructed by Rama, Jyothirlinga continues to be worshipped first and then followed up with Ramalinga.

This 12th century Pandiya Dynasty temple has the longest pillared corridor among the Indian Temples. Each pillar is sculpted in Naik Style. And its ceiling is adorned with Mural art with natural ink that has withstood all harsh climate changes over the centuries. The rulers of Srilanka had notable contributions to the construction of the temple. The Ramanathaswamy temple is the main temple in the Rameshwaram Island.


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